But while the general-in-chief
was thus diligently arranging for Sherman
's arrival at the Atlantic
himself had been drawn back by Hood
nearly to the Tennessee
After the repulse of the rebels from Allatoona
, he reached that place in person on the 9th of October, still in doubt as to the intentions of the enemy.
On the 10th, Hood
appeared at Rome
, and Sherman
ordered his whole army to march to Kingston
in pursuit; he arrived there himself on the 11th, but Hood
had already decamped.
Marching with rapidity along the Chattooga Valley
, the rebels appeared before Resaca
on the 12th, and Hood
himself demanded the surrender of the post.
‘No prisoners will be taken,’ he said, ‘if the place is carried by assault.’
But the commander replied: ‘If you want it, come and take it;’ an invitation which Hood
, admonished by his losses before Allatoona
, was not inclined to accept.
The demand was a mere piece of bluster, and he continued his march north, doing all the damage possible to the railway.
Sherman at first had intended to move into the Chattooga Valley
, in the rebel rear, but fearing, in that event, that Hood
might cross to the east of the railroad, he marched towards Resaca
instead, and on the 14th, made his dispositions to entrap the enemy at Snake Creek Gap.